Thursday, January 27
Oppose Alberto Gonzales
Kos asks all bloggers of conscience to oppose the nomination of Alberto Gonzalez as Attorney General of the USA.
Consider it done.
Gonzales has consistently acted as Bush's consigliere, covering up his messes and providing spurious legal opinion to justify whatever the Chimperor has wanted to do, be that drunk-driving, executions in texas or torture at home and abroad.
Bush has been Gonzales' biggest booster since 1995, when Bush, then governor of Texas, hired Gonzales away from a Houston law firm to serve as his general counsel. Two years later, Bush made him Texas' secretary of state, the state's chief election official, with added responsibilities to serve as liaison to Mexico. In 1999, Bush appointed Gonzales to the Texas Supreme Court, a position he gave up to serve as White House counsel.
Rather than provide the necessary judicial oversight of executive action and protection of individual liberties that the office of AG requires of its nominees he will act as a mere rubber stamp, continuing his role as enabler-in-chief for the subversion of the US constitution, legal system and government apparatus by the Bush family. Just as he did in Texas, but on a national scale.
At Griffin Bell's swearing-in, Jimmy Carter noted:
"To the maximum degree possible, the Attorney General should personify what the President of the United States is--attitudes, philosophies, commitments--because here is an extension of the President's attempt to provide equality of opportunity and a sense of trust in the core of our American governmental institutions."
Well, Gonzales certainly does that. That's why any thinking human being would oppose his nomination. He is and always will be a Bush creature, they bought and paid for him to keep an eye on the boy emperor. Attorney General, and then the Supreme Court, is his reward for getting Georgie safely into the White House.
"I (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."
(Apologies to Jeanne at Body& Soul from whom I've borrowed this)
From today's Boston Globe
WASHINGTON -- When White House counsel Alberto Gonzales was a Texas Supreme Court justice running to stay in office in 2000, he took thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from companies that had business before him and he did not recuse himself from voting on their cases.The practice is legal in Texas, and Gonzales was not the only judge to benefit from it. But his record in 2000 -- when he raised $539,000 for the Republican primary, outraising his opponent by a 1,047-to-1 ratio -- drew special criticism from an Austin-based group that tracks the influence of money on government.
In Texas he was corrupt, unqualified, and a callous placeseeking apologist for theocratic neofascism. He'll be the same in Washington. The world is already laughing at your country, don't make it even more of a joke.
11/28/2004 - 12/05/2004